January 20 2014 01:06PM
Just a quick note for a sunny Monday afternoon:
Not at all surprising. Henrik Sedin was struggling all night versus Calgary, before finally being shown some mercy by being taken out of the game in the 2nd period. The last time the Canucks played a game without him, they lost a 4-3 game to the Chicago Blackhawks on a hat-trick by Tyler Arnason, all the way back on March 19, 2004.
January 20 2014 08:55AM
During and after the fireworks in Vancouver on Saturday night, many people wanted to get on Canucks head coach John Tortorella for being so mad. Claiming that if he didn’t want or expect that to happen, he should have put out a more skilled line.
January 19 2014 12:21AM
Let's just be completely honest and upfront with ourselves: the only redeeming quality to Vancouver's Saturday night showdown against Calgary was the two points the Canucks pocketed in the standings. I have a far more tolerant view of fighting than some of the other great writers here, and I thought the line brawl to start the game was hilarious and entertaining in the moment, but at the end of the day it was completely pointless, detrimental to the rest of the game, and another embarassing incident for a franchise that's quickly building quite the collection for themselves in the past week.
Unfortunately, the fights, nastiness and other extracirriculars (you know the ones) are going to be the prevailing narrative in the coming days, not just in Vancouver, but more than likely throughout the entirety of North America. I referenced a 3-2 loss to Calgary being more embarassing than the 9-1 drilling that happened in Anaheim in my last post-game report, but I don't think anyone could have imagined the madness that happened tonight. I'm sure we'll have a lot more in the coming days, but read past the jump for our initial impressions of tonight's 3-2 shootout win.
January 18 2014 08:49PM
Just a few minutes before the puck was set to drop on Saturday night's game between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, I (and all of the other media members here on press row), received a piece of paper from a Rogers Arena employee. This piece of paper included the lineups we'd see in action tonight, and all of the scratches.
More prevalently, though, it also included a list of the 5 players each team would ice for the opening faceoff. As soon as we received it, everyone saw the writing on the wall..
Two seconds in, our collective assumption was proven correct; a full-out line brawl broke out.
January 18 2014 03:26PM
Image via Earl Sleek
The Vancouver Canucks have fallen on hard times lately. There aren't a lot of things going right for them these days, with all of the injuries and losing. As weird as it is to say this given the fact that they had endured a 9-1 drubbing the night before, I think the loss to the Phoenix Coyotes may've been something of a rock bottom for the team.
It was kind of the perfect microcosm for everything that has gone wrong in January; they looked completely listless for large stretches of the game, the power play was mindblowingly ineffective, they suffered a couple of injuries to players of varying importance, and they once again lost.
Fortunately, they're about to embark on a much more forgiving stretch in the schedule (we'd think), and it all starts when the Calgary Flames come to town on Saturday night.